SP 4449 in 1984
Southern Pacific 4449 leading the World's Fair Daylight returning to Portland in June 1984.
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Saturday, June 23, 1984, Shasta Route

Steve Sloan's Trains : Trip Notes : 1984 : June 23, 1984

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On June 23 my two eldest sons and I chased the daylight train to Portland. Through the mountains we stopped at several locations to photograph the train. At the time I had a 1979 Dodge Omni. At Sims my eldest son opened a rear door and a pickup truck backed into the door as it was leaving to chase the train. We followed as best we could to Klamath Falls where my friend Mike Devlin lived. With the help of some 2x4s we straightened out the door as best we could. We continued the chase to Portland and then went on to British Columbia.

Between Redding and Klamath Falls

Various Locations

SP 4449 Lima 4-8-4, SP Class GS-4

SP 4449 near Dunsmuir in 1984
On June 23, 1984 my older sons and I chased SP 4449 and the daylight train to Portland. This photo was taken as it was approaching Dunsmuir.
SP 4449 Video, Shasta line to Portland
From some super8 movies I shot during the 1980's converted to digital video. This short movie clip was made of the World's Fair Daylight returning to Portland in 1984. My then very young sons and I chased the train north. This video is unpublished and features a full daylight train with McCloud steam, SP, Amtrak and even some BCR Alco action. Since the film was silent, some music from the band Everyday Jones was dubbed in to give it a bit of a Winterail flavor.

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